Soar to new heights. See “Saving Mr. Banks” now.



Let’s go fly a kite… It’s a simple idea and song lyric from Mary Poppins by Walt Disney Company. It is also a childhood staple of mine. And yes… our family has even flown a kite or two through the years. The song by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman is simple, yet its inspiring lyrics and the amazing story behind it taps into the imaginations of your inner child, to provide much needed hope in this world.

Yes, that is one of many things I learned after watching “Saving Mr. Banks” this past weekend, also a Disney movie, and an adventurous, thought-provoking film. The story acknowledges the power of your past, childhood memories good and bad, the gift of forgiveness, and the joy of imagination. Through happy tears, laughter, painful moments and quite a few smiles, you can experience behind the scenes moments of the making of a classic Disney film. We learn about the process of creating ideas, the relationships made, the emotion behind the real story, and even interesting facts about Walt. (Hey, if you’re a Disney fan (as I am) you feel you already know Mr. Disney on a first name basis.)

In “Saving Mr. Banks,” you will enjoy the comparisons of reserved versus casual environments, formal introductions vs. first named basis and how a straight-laced, somewhat cranky woman can still have a soft side when she encounters a person who listens from his heart. You will learn, again, about the Mouse that started it all. You and your loved ones can even virtually walk through Disneyland back in time with Mickey Mouse and Walt leading the way to the park, of course, but also to the place of your own imagination, where everything is possible and where “your kite” can always be mended.

“Saving Mr. Banks” is a film that will be forever etched in my mind. I left the theater with a happy tears, a smile on my face, humming Mary Poppins tunes and dreaming of being escorted to my next event with Mickey. 😉

If I were a film critic, I would give it 5 stars, a 10, or a standing “O.”

Yes, a spoonful of sugar CAN help the medicine go down. Fortunately you won’t need that for this engaging and uplifting film that give us all…promise for the future.


A Letter to Santa

Letter to Santa

©2013 Dancinmoma

Dear Santa,

You have been that one constant throughout the ups and downs of life. You are a symbol of what “could be” in the world, if we could all just BELIEVE…


in JOY.



in LOVE.




You have taught me to believe in something bigger than this earth. You have taught me that GIFTS aren’t always what they seem. True GIFTS are what make a person smile, holding the hand of a loved one, listening to the laughter around you, and spending TIME with those that lift you up and love you.

Thank you SANTA for continuing to share your MAGIC with children and adults from each generation.

I BELIEVE in your “Spirit of Christmas” and I always will…

Love Always, Pam

P.S. Merry Christmas!!

That’s a Wrap!

©2013 Dancinmoma

©2013 Dancinmoma

That’s a Wrap…

There was peace in the air, as the kids were away.
Mommy grabbed her coffee and decided to wrap today.

She sat by the tree, nestled in the paper and bows.
She wrapped and tied the gifts with love, as only Santa knows.

Several minutes went by and she wrapped it all up.
She smiled with each gift and drank from her coffee cup.

She hummed a tune, and then looked around the empty room.
Disney Junior was on the TV! Ummmm… Boom!

She laughed and chuckled, as she shared her “MOMent” with friends.
She typed up some words and then pressed “Send.”

Together they giggled about her Christmas wrapping time.
Next time, they said, you’ll need some “Mom Music… with WINE…” 